White House: President Obama to Give Farewell Speech in Chicago on January 10

Time: 10:15 a.m. CEST Update: 5:15 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama plans a speech on January 10, which is expected to be his closing message to the nation, the White House announced on January 2. Obama will address from his hometown of Chicago.

“On January 10, I will go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can’t be there in person,” Obama addressed American people through the White House email, announcing the farewell speech, established as precedent by George Washington.

As Obama announced he is starting to prepare his remarks and highlighted that since 2009, “we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding — our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better.”

The Associated Press, who published the information first, writes, the trip will likely be Obama’s last outside Washington as president and will include Obama’s former campaign staffers. In the remaining three weeks of his presidency, Obama will do last-minute commutations and pardons, the AP writes.

After the vacation in Hawaii, Obama returns to Washington D.C. at midday Monday. “His final days in office will largely be consumed by a bid to protect his endangered health care law, a major farewell speech and the ongoing handover of power to Trump,” the AP publishes.


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